After draft, Patriots can 'pound' it


In a video now posted on NFL.com, analysts Charley Casserly, Mike Mayock and Charles Davis of NFL Network share their opinion on some of the draft's winners and losers.

Casserly leads it off and chooses the Patriots as his No. 1 winner. Here is what Casserly liked:

1. Picking up first- and second-round draft choices in 2012.

2. A future left tackle in Nate Solder.

3. A press corner in Ras-I Dowling.

4. The explosiveness of Shane Vereen at running back, coupled with Stevan Ridley's power-based, inside-the-tackle style.

5. "Bonus picks" of quarterback Ryan Mallett (worthy of developing), offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (worth the medical risk at that point) and tight end Lee Smith (good value).

"It's like they had three drafts in one," Casserly said.

Mayock followed up by focusing on the improvements to the running game.

"I look at this draft as 'Watch out, NFL, this team is going to be able to run the football also," he said. "I like what they did with the offensive line. Nate Solder, who I think is a little bit underpowered and I also think he has some technique issues, that will get cleaned up with Dante Scarnecchia. When you can plug him in on the left side and leave [Sebastian] Vollmer on the right side, from the management's perspective you have some leverage when you're dealing with unrestricted free agent Matt Light and maybe even a little bit of leverage with Logan Mankins with what you ultimately decide to do there.

"When you plug Marcus Cannon in, a [fifth-round] pick who was a first- or second-round talent, and all of a sudden this offensive line looks completely different down the road. With the addition of Lee Smith, people are going 'Why did he take another tight end after taking two last year?' The answer is pretty simple: [Aaron] Hernandez is really a move guy that teams treat like a wide receiver. They felt like they needed another in-line 'Y'.

"So at the end of the day, you have Tom Brady, you've got the vertical pass attack, you've got Wes Welker, but now with those two running backs, the revamped offensive line, they can pound the football whenever they want."